In the creative coursebook, “The Artist’s Way,” author Julia Cameron emphasizes the importance of “the artist date.” An artist date is essentially a set time that you plan each week to spend with your creative self. You are not supposed to bring anyone else on this “date” with you, as tempting as that may be. You should treat it as you would a real date and not cancel on yourself!
It may seem kind of silly to put aside precious time each week that you may not feel you have, simply to make a craft or visit a museum, but it will do wonders for your creative growth. Our creative selves need to be nurtured and cared for too! There is something so valuable in being alone with ourselves and indulging in the little joys we might not always have the chance to enjoy as adults with our busy lives and schedules.
If you’re new to the idea of the artist date, or just need some fresh ideas of things to do, here are a few we’ve wrangled together!
- Try out a new recipe
- Go on a hike
- Start a succulent garden
- Go out to eat & people watch
- Go to a flower market or floral shop
- Redecorate a room in your house
- Create a vision board
- Go to a used book shop
- Write a letter to a friend
- Take a relaxing bath
- Do a DIY project
- Visit a museum in your area
- Go on a picnic
- Take a free class in your community
- Give yourself (or go get) a manicure/pedicure
- Go on a day trip to a place you’ve always wanted to visit nearby
- Fill in an adult coloring book
- Read that book you’ve been meaning to get around to
- Clean out your closet
- Organize your bookshelf
- Try out a new hobby or skill
- Go for a swim
- Plan a vacation
- Write a poem or song
- Draw or paint a picture
- Go thrifting at your favorite secondhand or thrift stores
Make a goal this week to do one of these (or any other fun idea) for yourself! You might just be surprised at what good can come it:)
What are some other ideas you have for things to do? Let us know in the comments below! We would love to hear your ideas and experiences doing this!